In Conceptual Physics, students will use guided inquiry labs to explore common, everyday phenomena, make predictions, conduct experiments, draw conclusions, and foster scientific thinking. Students will practice data collection and graphing techniques, apply mathematical skills to real situations, and work to make sense of their observations. The emphasis is on conceptual understanding, but the course shares goals with algebra of solving equations, interpreting graphs, and reasoning proportionately. Topics of study will include motion and forces, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, optics, sound and wave motion, and electricity and magnetism. The course builds on middle school physical science and provides a strong foundation for chemistry and biology.